rainlilies and wetness

Burger, Steve Steve.Burger@choa.org
Thu, 28 Sep 2006 07:36:30 PDT
Shade tolerant Z. candida.  I wonder if there is some genetic variation among the populations that do well in shade?  I have some in partial shade and they bloom, but I've tinkered a bit with more than that and I haven't done so well.

Steve Burger
Dallas, GA, USA

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[mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Alberto Castillo
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2006 11:59 AM
To: Susan Hayek
Subject: Re: [pbs] rainlilies and wetness

Hi Susan: 
              Do not fear. Zephyranthes candida in the wild grows in full sun in soaking wet soils during autumn, winter and spring. In summer these riverside plains dry out gradually until the time of first March rains (very late summer in this part of the world). This is when they flower, Slight frosts are experienced during winter but of course the river protects the plants from any damage from it. Foliage is perennial. AND, I have seen superb forms of Z. candida growing with wet feet in the foulest smelling muck in DEEP SHADE among riveside trees. In these locations they never receive any sunlight yet they flower fantastically well. The area is warm and frost free.
              Two Texan species, pulchella and refugiensis, already mentioned,  have the reputation of being not very easy to flower except with wet feet at certain stages of their cycles. 
               Another aquatic species is Z. flavissima, now apparently extinct in the wild. Its habitat was hot river banks where it grew with 4-8 in. of water, except in summer when the area would become bone dry until autumn. Foliage is perennial and is madly offsetting. 
All the best

> Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 15:27:04 -0700> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org> From: susanann@sbcglobal.net> Subject: Re: [pbs] rainlilies and wetness> > At 10:40 AM -0400 9/6/06, James Yourch wrote:> >Hi all,> >> >We recently had a discussion about how some rainlilies (especially Z.> >candida and kin) enjoy moist soils, even wet feet.  Here is an article> >about going one step further, growing rainlilies in your pond!> > **At our local garden center, in their water garden section, they > have Z. candida sitting in the water. I was worried about rot.> > s.> -- > susan hayek, North Coast of CA, USA, zone 9b, Sunset zone 17.> 15 miles south of Eureka, CA, overlooking the Eel River, with a peek > of the ocean.> _______________________________________________> pbs mailing list> pbs@lists.ibiblio.org> http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/list.php
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